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Rooms take a small cut of each pot (or add a small charge to your tournament entry). This is called the 'rake'.
Just like live rooms 'comp' players with meals, etc, online rooms comp players by refunding part of the rake.
Rakeback is deposited directly into your poker account, either daily or weekly.
Rakeback can be a confusing concept at first, but it’s simple. Rake is a small amount of money that poker rooms take out of each pot – that’s how they make their money. Rakeback is when poker rooms rebate some of that money to players. It’s one of the ways that online poker rooms ‘comp’ players – if you’ve played live poker, it’s just like when rooms give you meals, rooms or other perks based on how much you play.
Poker rooms don’t offer rakeback directly to players. If they did, they’d have to give it to everyone. Instead, they allow sites like ours to use rakeback as a way to help promote their rooms. So, the room takes the rake, keeps some for themselves, gives some to us and then gives the rest to you.
Below are answers to specific questions about rakeback. Use the TOC below to jump to an answer or browse through the entire list. Alternatively, you can watch the brief video located to your right. If you have a question that isn’t answered, please use our contact form and we’ll get you an answer within 24 hours.
A. Good question. You can get rakeback from a lot of places, so why choose us? We’ve paid millions in rakeback to thousands of players, offer the highest rakeback rates available and exclusive promotions on top of your rakeback payments. Some rakeback companies are just a faceless website – we have a community of over 50,000 poker players who can attest to our reputation.
A. Rake is the small percentage of money from each hand that the poker room takes out of each pot in a cash game. In tournaments, the rake is the entry fee attached to the buy in (so if a tournament is a $25+2 buy in, the $2 is the rake).
A. It depends. If you’re absolutely crushing your current games, there’s probably no reason to switch. However, rakeback can amount to tens of thousands of dollars a year for regular players, so there’s no harm in trying a new room with rakeba k, testing the games, and seeing if you couldn’t make more with rakeback added to your bottom line.
A. Yes. You get the same percentage of your tournament fees back. So if a room offers 33% rakeback and you play $100+9 SNGs, you’ll get $3 of every entry fee refunded back into your account.
A. No. You can play limit, no limit, Omaha, 7 card stud etc. Some rooms will actually pay you more to play non-standard games; check out our propping offers for more details.
A. Yes. At some sites, the bonus amount is deducted from your total rake generated and will reduce your rakeback payments. Here’s an example to illustrate this concept:
Let’s say you have a 33% rakeback deal at a room. You generate $500 in rake for the month and you receive a deposit bonus of $40 that month. This $40 bonus will be deducted from your total rake paid ($500 – $40). That means you’ll be paid your rakeback on your adjusted total rake number ($500 – $40 = $460).
So, you get the $40 bonus plus rakeback on your adjusted total rake ($460 x 33%). Your rakeback payment will be $151 and your bonus will be $40, for a total of $191. If you didn’t get a bonus and just got rakeback that month, your total would be ($500 x 33%) $165. As you can see, piling bonuses on top of rakeback can result in even more value.
Not all rooms deduct bonuses from your rake. We let you know upfront which sites do this – on our poker room rakeback signup pages, you’ll see this information listed.
A. Not all poker rooms offer Rakeback. View our top offers here.
A. With most poker sites your rakeback is paid weekly, although a handful pay monthly or daily.
A. Directly into your player account at the site.
A. We track your rake daily and provide updated statistics in our private Member’s Area. You’ll be able to access to your current stats, review all of your past payments and more within this area. Once you sign up for rakeback, your Member’s Area account will be automatically generated and you can sign in to view your stats whenever you like.
A. Your RakeBack amount will depend on the limit you play and how much you play. Regardless of whether you play limit, no limit, stud or tournaments, you should take advantage of a Rake Back offer whenever possible. Some of PTP’s higher volume players (multi-tabling a few hours per day) have generated monthly four figure rakeback payments!
To estimate your Rake Back, use our rakeback calculator. For example, a 5/10 limit player who plays one table/4 hours every day or four tables/1 hour every day would receive about $840 a month, or $10,800 a year in Rake Back.
A. Sites calculate your rake contribution one of two ways – rake contributed and rake share.
Rake Share is calculated by dividing the total rake dropped by the number of players dealt into the hand. So, if 10 players are dealt cards and the total rake taken from the pot is $1, each player is credited with having contributed .10 of rake (1.00/10).
Rake contributed is calculated by figuring how much rake a player actually contributed to the pot. Let’s say 4 players are dealt into a hand and two of them fold preflop. Since they didn’t pay any rake that hand, they don’t receive any credit. Let’s say the two remaining players in the hand go to showdown. Whatever rake is taken in that hand will be split equallty between those players, as they both contributed equally to the pot.
For example, if 6 players are dealt cards at a table and the rake is $3 then each player has contributed $.50 to the rake.
It’s easy to play hundreds of hands an hour online, so you can see how quickly these small amounts could add up.
A. The more players they have, the more rake/profit they make. In order to attract players to their rooms, our partner sites are willing to reward these new players by reducing their fees, that is, by rebating part of the rake to the new player
Online poker sites do not “comp” players free buffets or hotel rooms as casinos do, but many sites offer rakeback. Poker sites offer rakeback percentages as incentives to attract new players to sign up with their site. The rakeback rate varies from site to site and there are multiple methods used to determine how the rakeback is calculated. Then at the end of each month, the rakeback percentage is refunded to the player’s account. The different methods of calculating rakeback benefit different playing styles. If you have cashed in on a sign up bonus with your present site, you will likely have to move to a new site to take advantage of a rakeback offer, and it could be a very lucrative venture.
The Contributed Method Explained
With the contributed rake method, the rakeback return is determined by the amount each player individually contributes to the rake. When you are playing in a $20 pot with a five percent rake, $1 is raked from the pot. If your personal contribution to the pot is $5, or 25 percent of the pot, then your return will be 25 cents or 25 percent of the rake. At the end of the month, your accumulated rakeback is tallied and deposited in your poker account.
Cashing in With Contributed Rakeback
Contributed rakeback is an easy choice if you are a frequent player who likes to participate in a lot of hands. The contributed rakeback method is almost a reward for betting so frequently. Tight players who choose their hands with extreme caution will not benefit from contributed rakeback as extensively as those who play every other hand. Players who wait for the perfect hand will be better off looking into dealt rakeback, but a loose player can improve their win rate considerably if they are taking advantage of a contributed rakeback.